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Working hard to benefit the local community

The Lower Severn Internal Drainage Board (LSIDB) is an independent public body maintaining local watercourses and drainage.

To complete our work, we engage with, and assist, many individuals and groups who all share an interest in Lower Severn drainage management. They include:

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local authorities / councils

In the face of increasing climate uncertainty, LSIDB and local councils work in partnership to shape a sustainable future through responsible water management practices.

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landowners

The LSIDB works with landowners to maximise agricultural productivity, support conservation, and optimise water resources sustainably.

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property developers

Around 10% of the land within the LSIDB drainage boundary is developed land – both residential property and commercial units, for example in Bristol City.

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government agencies

DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) is the government agency responsible for the work undertaken by the LSIDB, and also directly supervises all main watercourses. The LSIDB also works closely with the Environment Agency, Lead Local Flood Authorities, and Local Authorities surrounding planning issues.

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wildlife, canal & river trusts

The LSIDB works in partnership with both Wildlife and Waterways Trusts to preserve and safeguard the ecological, historical, and cultural significance of our waterways and the habitats they provide.

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water & energy companies

The LSIDB provides vital flood risk management and drainage consulting and maintenance for water/ water treatment and energy companies. Network-critical assets within our drainage boundary include Nuclear Power and gas-fired power generation facilities, renewable power generation and National Grid infrastructure.

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other ADA members

The Association of Drainage Authorities (ADA) is the UK membership body for organisations involved in water level management and is the national representative body for Internal Drainage Boards (IDBs) in England.

Latest from LSIDB

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December 15, 2023

Postcard from the Past

Postcard of the Severn Catchment Drainage Board Operations Team from 1934/1935

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December 15, 2023

ADA Flood and Water Conference 2023

LSIDB Officers attending ADA Flood and Water Conference

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December 15, 2023

Pumping Stations Public Consultation 2023

Two consultation events at Oldbury on Severn and Whitminster were held

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December 15, 2023

Postcard from the Past

Postcard of the Severn Catchment Drainage Board Operations Team from 1934/1935

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News
December 15, 2023

ADA Flood and Water Conference 2023

LSIDB Officers attending ADA Flood and Water Conference

LSIDB is committed to providing innovative solutions to the wide range of challenges related to drainage and flood protection, within our designated area and beyond.

Dr Manjit Pope

Chief Executive Officer